Three seminal father-son stories in Western Civilization define a culture, yet transcend time and culture to endure: Oedipus, a son who believes a prophecy, kills his father and beds his mother; Abraham, who almost kills his son (and sends the first one to starve in the wilderness); Christ, whose Father permits his death even as the son implores, “Why have you forsaken me?” Yet, the Jacob/Joseph tale, one of the longest in the bible, a dual biography of father and son, offers a fourth myth that gives us guidance for contemporary parenting and also hints at how Judaism has been so long-enduring. This book carefully studies the puns and allusions of Hebrew to suggest why Joseph faired better than these other sons. The book also gives evidence from the text of the first description of the psychic structure of Ego Ideal and explores how his parents and Joseph himself contributed to this development.
Jacob and Joseph, Judaism’s Architects: Birth of the Ego Ideal
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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